The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is a liberal religious congregation whose mission is to transform
ourselves, our community and the world through acts of love and justice. Our vision is Grow. Connect. Serve.
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"Savor the Feast"
Date: Mar. 29, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Julie Price. Description: Come be our guest at a feast for the senses as we experience how Unitarian Universalism nourishes mind, body and spirit. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: Child care and special Easter crafts to age 5. Special RE for Grades K-6. No Middle School RE. High School RE meets at both the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services.
"Body and Soul"
Date: Apr. 5, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks. Description: Spring is here with its vibrant colors that vividly remind us of life’s ability to renew itself. On this Sunday celebrated in the Christian tradition as Easter, we honor our diverse community with a service that reflects the Jewish and Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism, lifting up the way that many UUs treasure strands from diverse religious traditions. Rev. Jennifer reflects on ancient and contemporary ideas about the relationship between body and soul - a far-reaching exploration that reveals hidden diversity within the oldest traditions of Judaism and Christianity. Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: Children begin in the service and leave for Religious Exploration activities. Easter Egg hunt after the service for the youngest children.
Worship Café is a new and more intimate way to explore our worship topics through music, readings and small group conversations. Every Saturday, starting Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary Commons.
"Savor the Feast"
Date: Mar. 28, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Rev. Julie Price. Description: Come be our guest at a feast for the senses as we experience how Unitarian Universalism nourishes mind, body and spirit. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
Date: Apr. 4, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Rev. Jennifer Brooks. Description: Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
“Let it shine”
by Rev. Jennifer Brooks. One weekend not too long ago I asked in each of our worship services how many people, when they visited a Unitarian Universalist congregation for the first time, felt as if they’d come home. At least 75% raised their hands. And then I asked, “Do you think there are other people out there who long for what we have, and deserve to find us? The response was unanimous: Yes. UUCF welcomes people as they are, encourages growth and provides opportunities to help others and serve the cause of justice. We teach children how to live their values in the world. We help adults stretch spiritually and intellectually. We work for a more just and humane society. We care for our beautiful planet. How can we help people who need us find us? That’s one question. Very shortly UUCF is about to welcome the search team’s candidate for parish minister. How can members here effectively welcome that prospective new leader? That’s another question. And we’ve also just launched the Annual Giving Campaign. With everything else going on, and with many of us still shaken after the unexpected death of our music director, how can we have a wildly successful giving campaign (which is what we need)? Yet another question. But the real question, the fundamental underlying essential question, is: How can we do anything other than do all of these things, and do them well, even though they’re happening at the same time? I’ve seen the depth and strength of this community. I’ve seen how much this community matters, especially to people who yearned (sometimes for years) to find a place like UUCF. So my answer to all of these questions, and especially the big question, is – Shine. Commit to making UUCF shine. Commit to being present for the April 18-26 candidating week. Commit to making a pledge for the first time or increasing your existing pledge. Shine. Show up. Be fully present, in every way, each one of you. Shine as individuals and UUCF will shine as a congregation. You hold the flame. Let it shine.
Next step: Candidating Week
Mar. 20, 2015. As the Parish Minister Search Team finishes its discernment, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the search process. Most importantly, we ask that you mark your calendars. Candidating week for our newly nominated parish minister is Apr. 18-26 at UUCF. UUCF members will vote whether to call this minister at a special meeting on Sun., Apr. 26, at 12:30 p.m. We need a quorum of members (larger than for regular meetings) for this vote. This is a special afternoon, filled with energy, and a great opportunity for old and new friends to gather. Please, please, please attend! We also seek your suggestions about Candidating Week activities. We’re looking for a balance that will achieve breadth of exposure, depth of interaction and mutual learning. Starting with the UUCF calendar, we have begun framing the week. We are planning several open events so that each of you has an opportunity to interact. If you have any special ideas or requests, please email us at UUCF.email@example.com. We will honor as many requests as possible, being careful to leave time for the candidate to evaluate housing options and get sufficient rest/reflection so that he or she can thrive during their time with us. We would note that the weekends we have spent with our pre-candidates have reinforced for us how lucky we are as a community. Your online survey inputs, feedback at member forums, one-on-one verbal feedback, emails – even two traditional letters – made it very clear which traits, talents and experience we should seek and we found amazing pre-candidates who embodied those skills. We are reminded, though, that the greatest strength of a congregation is the community itself – of which the minister is only one part. That being said, when we are able to name the nominated candidate, we are certain you will see exactly why we are feeling so optimistic about UUCF’s future! Wow. We are honored to work alongside you to make this beloved place our home. UUCF Parish Minister Search Team
Three pre-candidates chosen
Jan. 26, 2015. The Parish Minister Search Team has reached agreement on three parish minister pre-candidates. Over the next two months, we will explore every aspect of our mutual fit with each of them. The common sentiment among PMST members is that each of the ministers we interviewed would have been excellent, but the final three are truly exceptional. We know you have high expectations – so do we – and so do these pre-candidates. We are indeed blessed and lucky. In our next communication in early April we will announce the name of the candidate we have chosen. Right after that announcement, we will schedule Candidating Week activities. (For those who have already offered suggestions, thank you). In the meantime, enjoy the vibrant activities at UUCF and prepare yourself for the exciting changes to come. Save the dates Candidating Week is Apr. 18-26. Members vote on whether to call the candidate as our new parish minister on Sun., Apr. 26, 12:30 p.m. With excitement for the possibilities ahead, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team